Bloomfield Police Department's Receives 3-Year Re-accreditation from NJ Association of Chiefs of Police for Best Practices
BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Police Department has received a 3-year re-accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for Best Practices (NJSACOP). The initial accreditation was received three years earlier.
NJSACOP identifies 105 best practices standards across the board, including administrative processes, operational procedures, investigative procedures and temporary detention.
“We are very grateful for this re-accreditation and recognition of our police department's continued high level of performance” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Crime rates have dropped dramatically in Bloomfield every year since 2015, thanks to Director DeMaio’s emphasis on community policing, and holding our officers to the highest possible standards. Moreover, this acknowledgement of the BPD’s results will help the township qualify for lower insurance premiums, and allow us to identify more grant funding for public safety and infrastructure improvements.”
“Being recognized by the NJSACOP is a great honor for our entire police department,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “The longstanding members of our department know how far we have come in recent years in improving our standards, and this recognition from the NJSACOP is something we can all be proud of. More importantly, all young officers, and future officers in thePD now know our department holds its members to the highest standards of professionalism.”
The police department was reviewed by an assessment team of high ranking NJSACOP employees to ensure that practices and routines comply with their standards. They review BPD documents, speak with personnel and solicit input from citizens, do ride alongs, and other thorough reporting metrics, which are then reviewed by the commission. This also provides a clear understanding of everyone’s job in the BPD. They assess long-term and short-term goals, and unanimously agreed the BPD deserved re-accreditation. They were particularly impressed with the police department’s technology upgrades, the reduction of force and motor vehicle pursuit incidents, body cams and engagement with the community.